Tenerife

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Description & main attractions

Tenerife is the largest island in the Canarian archipelago, with the highest mountain in Spain, the Pico de Teide which bears the name Teide after a god worshipped by the Guanches, the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands before the arrival of the Spanish.

Los Roques

Los Roques

Surrounding the high plateau of the rocky interior is a National Park marked most notably by the jagged lava outcrops known as Los Roques.

Elsewhere the island reveals a richness of contrasting scenery from high pine forests to lush valleys in the north and sun-baked beaches of the south favoured by tourists.

Transport links to Europe and the other Canary Islands are very good thanks to the popularity of the island as a holiday destination.

The mountainous interior naturally has an effect on sailing conditions with wind acceleration zones to be found at the western and south eastern ends of the island. The north easterly trade winds are especially noticeable along the east coast while to the south and west the island’s lee makes for lighter winds and sunny days.

The island hosts several marinas outside of the capital Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the starting port for the Atlantic Odyssey & Caribbean Odyssey leaving from the Canaries in January and November each year, and for the Islands Odyssey.

The capital of  Tenerife is known for the colourful festivities that mark Three Kings Day (Los Reyes on 6 January), this will be a unique opportunity for participants in the Caribbean Odyssey to enjoy a real spectacle as the parade winds through the city.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has a good range of facilities for visiting yachts, with the Marina del Atlantico (or Marina Santa Cruz) located at the heart of the city and the historic Plaza de España with its Art Deco buildings.

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Repair facilities are available in the fishing harbour (Dársena Pesquera) a few miles to the north.

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